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O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition 2020

Teams were challenged to help GM analyze how autonomous vehicles may change the finished vehicle delivery and operating processes. This involved designing a vehicle delivery network, including the routing for each plant-dealer-vehicle combination. The objective was to minimize total costs while satisfying all constraints. Students were provided with GM datasets, as well as access to company technical and management personnel.

The OR & Analytics Student Team Competition is being reviewed.

The competition will not be held for the 2020-2021 competition year.


Student teams are given the same business problem, data sets and access to software to solve a challenging problem using an O.R./analytics approach. A panel of industry and academic experts judge written submissions based on teams’ use of the full analytics process, from framing the problem to methodology selection, data use, model building and innovation. Teams selected as finalists present their solutions to a judging panel at the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in April 2019, with the winners announced at the conference. Students:

Gain practical experience in taking a business problem and solution through the complete O.R./analytics decision process.
Work on a real business problem, of critical importance to the company serving as Title Sponsor. The 2019 Title Sponsor is General Motors (GM).
Take advantage of opportunities to interact with the Title Sponsor’s technical and management personnel.
Demonstrate skills in communication, teamwork, and presentation.
Win valuable prizes for team members and prestige for their school. Awards are: $7,500 First Prize, $5,000 Second Prize, $3,500 Third Prize, and 3 Honorable Mention awards at $1,000 each.

Finalist Presentations & Awards Ceremony Online – Join Us!

The six teams will present their work via video conference on April 27 & 28, with the Awards Ceremony on April 29. Teams will compete for these awards: 7,500 First Prize, $5,000 Second Prize, $3,500 Third Prize, and 3 Honorable Mention awards at $1,000 each.
General Motors
Eligible Schools
Hebrew University Of Jerusalem
University Of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)University of Belgrade, Serbia
Tilburg University, Netherlands
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea
2nd Prize: 5,000$
3rd Prize: 3,500$